French fun

It’s never too early (or too late!) to start learning another language. In honour of National French Language Day on March 20, we’ve compiled some games and resources to start learning and practicing French together at home.

What’s the weather like today?

No matter where you are or how old you are, the topic of weather is likely to come up in conversation. These weather printable are a great way to learn the different types of weather and practice the phrases in a practical way on a daily basis.


Learn the colours in French

Colours are another practical part of language that can be used in daily life. This fun colouring activity will have your little one learning 12 of the most common colours in French.


French alphabet colouring pages

Learning French can be as easy as A, B, C. Literally. Learn a new French word with every colouring page as your little one makes their way through the alphabet.


The human body

Once your little has mastered the names of body parts in English, why not try to learn them in French as well. This worksheet will take you from head to toe, or should I say, de la tête jusqu’aux orteils.


Sing in French Music is a great way to learn a new language. Search YouTube for classic French nursery songs like “Allouette”, “Frère Jacques”, “Au Claire de la Lune” and “Une Souris Verte.”

Cray Cray for Crayons

March 31 is National Crayon Day and we’ve compiled some fun activities for you to do with your littles. So bust out your crayons and let’s draw this month to a close in style.

DIY Crayons

Give new life to old and broken crayons by melting them down into cute shapes. All you need are a pile of broken crayons and some inexpensive ice cube moulds and you’ll be back to colouring with like new crayons in no time.

Crayon Watercolour Art

This craft involves using a bit of heat, but the result is really pretty! Create a watercolour look on canvas by melting crayons and watch your artwork come to life. Just make sure to keep tiny fingers away from the heat source.


Crayon Wax Transfer Art

For this craft, you simply completely colour a piece of paper using different colours of crayon. Next, you flip the coloured paper face down onto another piece of blank paper. Using a pencil or a ballpoint pen, draw on the paper. When you are done, separate the two pieces of paper to reveal your new colourful sketch.


Crayon Resist Space Art

For this activity all you need is crayons, black watercolour paint, a paintbrush, cardstock and a few paper towels. Using your crayons, colour a space scene on the cardstock. Then paint over the entire piece of paper with your black paint. The paint will not adhere to the crayon, leaving you with a piece of art that is out of this world!


Which of these activities would you like to try?

Saint Patrick’s Day Recipes

Celebrate all that is Irish by cooking up a rainbow storm in the kitchen with your little leprechaun. It won’t take the luck of the Irish to get your kid to eat these Saint Patrick’s Day recipes!


1. Rainbow Fruit Parfait

While there may not be a pot of gold at the end of this rainbow fruit parfait, the time you’ll spend together making and eating these will be better than gold! These parfaits are easily customizable based on fruit you have on hand or your child’s preferences.


2. Green Smoothie Pancakes

Which kid doesn’t like pancakes? Not only is this recipe super easy to make and the pancakes turn out delicious, but they are good for you! No green food colouring in sight- these pancakes are chalk full of spinach!


3. Saint Patrick’s Day Popcorn

Popcorn is always a fun snack for the littles. Add a festive, sweet and green spin to a classic with this Saint Patrick’s Day recipe.


4. Leprechaun Hats

These little cucumber leprechaun hats make an adorable and healthy snack. This recipe can be made with your kid or you can surprise them with the snack and a story about little leprechauns who left their hats behind.


5. Rainbow Bell Pepper Pizza

Your kid will definitely fall for this fun, colourful and healthy rainbow pizza. Made with yellow, orange, red and green peppers, putting this pizza together can also be a fun colour arranging activity too.


What will you be cooking in the kitchen for Saint Patrick’s Day?

March Book Club

In March, we welcome spring, the time of year when the weather begins to warm, leaves begin to grow on trees and plants flower. This month we also celebrate Saint Patrick’s day and International Women’s Day. Hope you and your littles enjoy this month’s book club picks. And don’t forget to leave a comment with your favourite books for next month.

1. Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt, by Kate Messner

This story follows a young girl and her grandmother throughout the year as they work in the garden. Young readers will discover what happens in the dirt to help a garden grow. The bright illustrations are sure to inspire little nature-lovers. 

2. Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring, by Kenar Pak

Say goodbye to winter and welcome the new season with a young boy and his dog as they take a walk through the countryside. As the snow melts and the animals begin to wake from their winter slumbers, say hello to all the new things that come with the changing seasons. 

3. The Night Before Saint Patrick’s Day, by Natasha Wing

’Twas the night before Saint Patrick’s Day and two little kids are out setting traps to catch a leprechaun! But what will they do when they find out their trap worked? Join Tim and Maureen as they try to track down the leprechaun’s pot of gold. 

4. The Crayon’s Book of Feelings, by Drew Daywalt

Celebrate National Crayon Day on March 31 by reading The Crayon’s Book of Feelings. This book explores emotions and helps young readers understand and express their feelings. 

5. Mel Fell, by Corey R. Tabor

Sometimes you might fall before you fly! This interactive and beautifully illustrated book will have you and your little turning the book every which way as you follow Mel’s journey down and then back up again. 

6. A is for Awesome: 23 Iconic Women who Changed the World, by Eva Chen

Practicing ABC’s can also be an opportunity to learn about some amazing women who’ve changed the world. This board book takes young readers through all the letters of the alphabet and introduces them to the world’s great women including Amelia Earhart, Malala and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. This book is a great primer for International Women’s Day on March 8. 

What books should be featured in April’s Book Club?

Who is in charge? Why adults need to lead.

Join us for a virtual educational meeting with Dr. Deborah MacNamara

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021, 7:30 pm

A growing number of children are presenting as demanding, prescriptive, bossy and controlling. A disturbing number of these alpha children are turning into bullies as well. Alpha children tend to have difficulties letting themselves be parented or taught. This is making the child-adult dance much more difficult than it used to be or needs to be, despite the plethora of advice-giving and strategies available today. The surprising roots of the alpha complex will be examined, opening the doors for lasting change in the family, classroom, and society.

Dr. Deborah MacNamara provides counselling and educational services to parents and professionals based on the relational-developmental approach of Dr. Gordon Neufeld. She is on Faculty at the Neufeld Institute and presents on all of the Neufeld material. She is also the director of Kid’s Best Bet, a Counselling and Family Resource Center. 

This talk is part of Lynn Valley Parent Participation Preschool’s parent education series. Current families, alumni and the public are welcome to attend this free webinar.

Please RSVP to infolvppp@gmail.com to receive your Zoom invitation.

5 Easy Valentine’s Day Activities for Toddlers

Get crafty with your kids this Valentine’s Day with these three easy activities you can do with supplies you already have at home. 

1. Cardboard tube heart stamps

Make a beautiful art print or handmade Valentine’s day cards with your own heart-shaped stamp. Simply reshape a toilet paper roll into a heart using a bit of tape, dip into some paint, and stamp away! 

2. Baking cup flower bouquet

Make your own bouquet using items around the house including baking cups, green masking tape, thin wire, and a lollipop. How sweet would a bouquet of these flowers be?

3. Fingerprint heart rocks

All you need to make these adorable keepsakes are rocks, red paint and a black marker. You can even go on a rock hunt outside to find the perfect rocks to paint. 

4. Valentine’s playdough

This playdough recipe looks pretty and smells great! The classic homemade playdough recipe is kicked up a notch by adding colourful koolaid packets and glitter. Have fun mixing the ingredients together and using heart shaped cookie cutters to make pretty Valentine’s Day creations. 

5. Heart stickers activity

This easy activity is easy to pull together and will keep your toddler busy. Draw coloured hearts on paper and tape them to the wall. Then get your child to match up coloured dot stickers to the same colour heart. This activity is great for practicing sorting, hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. 

What are your favourite Valentine’s Day activities?

International Nutella Day Brownie Recipe

February 5 is international Nutella Day! And if your household is anything like ours, this holiday is one that calls for celebration. While the hazelnut chocolate spread is (a little too) easily eaten by the spoonful, it’s also a delicious flavour in many baked goods. This three-ingredient recipe is perfect to make with your little one to enjoy on Nutella day or as a Valentine’s Day treat.

Three Ingredient Nutella Brownies

*Recipe via BiggerBolderBaking.com.

Ingredients:

1 cup Nutella
2 eggs (or egg substitutes)
10 Tbs All Purpose Flour

Directions:

Step 1 Put the Nutella, eggs and flour in a large bowl and mix until all ingredients are combines. The batter should be thick and shiny.

Step 2 Line a 2 inch deep 8 x 12 in the baking tray with parchment paper. Pour the batter into your tray. Bake at 350F (175C) for 20-25 minutes.

Step 3 
Remove from the oven and allow to cool fully before slicing. Enjoy!

February Book Club

February is mostly closely associated with Valentine’s day, but during this month we also celebrate groundhog day, black history and the Chinese New year. Our book picks this month reflect all of those themes. So curl up with your little loves and dive in to our February book club selection.

1. Grumpy Groundhog, by Maureen Wright

Full of rhyming and repetition, this book is a fun read to learn about Groundhog Day on February 2. The book tells the story of a rather grumpy groundhog who finds every excuse not to stay in bed on Groundhog Day, but can the townspeople coax him to come out?

2. The Day it Rained Hearts, by Felicia Bond

One day, there was something unusual about the rain – it was raining hearts! Little Cornelia Augusta decides to catch them and give each special one to a friend. This adorable rainy-day story teaches kids about friendship and giving, making it a great segue to seasonal crafts such as making Valentine’s Day Cards. 

3. Lunar New Year, by Hannah Elliot

Learn about the Lunar New Year, also known as the Chinese New Year, by flipping through this beautifully illustrated board book. Happiness and harmony for the New Year is celebrated with family and friends, fireworks, lanterns and dances with dragons.

4. Tiny T. Rex and the Perfect Valentine, by Johnathan Stutzman

Tiny T. Rex is looking to make the perfect Valentine for his friend, but soon realizes it’s not as easy as it seems. All about overcoming obstacles, this story is perfect for Valentine’s day and any dino-loving kid out there.

5. Dream Big, Little One, by Vashti Harrison

This illustrated board book showcases 18 black women in American history who changed the world. This book is a great read to celebrate big dreams and black history month. 

What are your family’s favourite books this month?

Best sledding hills in North Vancouver

Snow is in the forecast for this weekend! With the white stuff falling from the sky, here are the best places to sled with little ones on the North Shore:

St. Andrews Park – This central Lonsdale park probably wasn’t even on your radar, right? It has only a teeny tiny little hill. It maybe doesn’t quite count as a hill; it’s more of a mound. But if you’ve got really little kids, it’s an ideal spot to give them an introduction to what happens when gravity, snow and a slippery material come together. It was my favorite park year round when my boys were age 1 and 3 and a great introduction to snow without big crowds or crazy hills for them to navigate.

Carisbrooke Park – Near the top of Lonsdale Avenue, Carisbrooke Park has one of the best hills for sledding. The runs are steep and long enough to pick up speed without hurling your children into out of control chaos. But they’re not so long that their little legs get tired too quickly of walking back uphill. 

Ray Perrault Park – This Grand Boulevard gem has loads of short, steep sledding options, which makes for a nice ratio of sliding to hill climbing. It’s a popular spot, though,  especially when schools let out.

Cleveland Park – Up near Grouse Mountain, this tucked away park also has the perfect combination of good gradients and long runs.

Where are your favourite local spots to sled?

Discover LVPPP on Saturday January 30th

We are hosting our annual Open House on Saturday January 30th from 9am-11am. 

If you’re looking for an amazing preschool for next year and want to find out more about all the great things that we do at LVPPP, we invite you to book in for your personal tour. This is an opportunity for you to come check out our preschool and meet our wonderful teachers, Libby and Liz.

We’ll be offering a short tour of our facilities and will have some current families on hand to answer your questions about life at LVPPP.

Spaces are limited due to current health protocols. Book your tour by emailing enrollmentlvppp@gmail.com.

We look forward to meeting you!